Are Bolts Part of the Zip Code Tour?

Dean Spanos

The news was big, bold and why didn’t the Chargers think of it sooner?

But word became official on Tuesday with the announcement of the Zip Code Tour.

Yep, the Chargers have looked at nine county locales in their quest for a new stadium. From Oceanside to Chula Vista to downtown to Mission Valley, they’ve kicked the tires of various cities.

But this line comes with a caveat: I had to look up Carson’s zip code.

If the Chargers and Raiders pull the stadium rabbit from the Carson cap, we introduce you to the 90746. Please know, the 405 Freeway is the dividing line, as the south side of it answers to 90745.

Carson is coming hard with its signature campaign as labor, citizens and politicians sign off on welcoming the Bolts and Raiders to town. It also has investment heavyweight Goldman Sachs’ backing, and let’s hope its government bail out allows it to do so.

Not so fast, says San Diego’s Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group.

It’s proud of selecting Mission Valley for the fresh digs, although if it was up to the Chargers, they would be all about putting a shovel in the 92101.

Is downtown dead? Depends on whom you talk to, but it’s clear the Chargers’ heart still goes pitter-patter when that site is mentioned.

Soon the NFL big-wigs will roll into town, to get an update on a stadium proposal 14 years in the making. While Mission Valley is the place CSAG said the Chargers ought to be, how to pay for is the sticky part.

Sticky, like that epic Rolling Stones offering, “Sticky Fingers?”

Kind of and we hope the Chargers are still rockin’ in San Diego for as long as Mick Jagger has fronted the Rolling Stones.

My bad — the Zip Code Tour is the name of the Stones’ latest concert jaunt. They’ll be in Petco Park on May 24 to kick off the tour and we can’t wait either…

So St. John’s hires Chris Mullin, a former Red Storm and NBA star? Never mind he’s yet to be a head coach at any level; that didn’t scare off the Chargers on Mike McCoy. Wonder if St. John’s will be pleased if Mullin finishes third in his first year — McCoy has done it twice and no one seems to mind.

Steve Lavin, who was bounced at St. John’s, is seeing his name mentioned in connection with the opening at Arizona State…

SDSU’s softball team remains undefeated at 6-0 in Mountain West play and Lorena Bauer is among the reasons why. She was name the conference player of the week — the fourth Aztec in five weeks — after going 7 for 9 with four homers and nine RBIs in the series sweep of Boise State…

When learning the Padres acquired Lee Mazzilli from the Mets, I was surprised to hear he was still playing. Oops, that’s right-hander Cory Mazzoni and my Mets buddies say he’s not bad. Going the other way is lefty Alex Torres, who was most noted for wearing a skull cap under his baseball cap…

The Padres have tried eight different first basemen this spring, with Wil Myers being the latest to hang around the bag. Myers, the team’s center fielder, could see action there this season if Cameron Maybin is still around and gets starts against left-handed pitchers. Manager Bud Black said he likes Myers’ versatility, but didn’t he say the same thing about Will Ferrell?…

Black still has to decide which starter will take five. No, it’s not a rest day for Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne. Both get one more audition on Wednesday for their role as the fifth starter. That Morrow is pitching with the varsity and Despaigne is going against minor leaguers is revealing. Look for Morrow to be named the No. 5 guy soon…

Love the fake outrage about the Cubs’ Kris Bryant missing the first 12 days of the season so the slugger’s service-time clock doesn’t stop. Cubs fans have waited nearly a century and a decade for a World Series team, so what’s a couple of weeks? Bryant can rake and his nine home runs this spring proves it. But if anyone is upset, it should be with the players association which included this language in the collective-bargaining agreement…

Congrats to legendary El Camino High boys basketball coach Ray Johnson as the Wildcats’ gym is being named in his honor. It’ll be christened on April 10 in an on-campus ceremony. While most know Johnson had few peers as a prep coach, many don’t know he taught teenagers with special needs for years. Good man, Ray Johnson.

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